Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Concerning Joe Meersman's letter about the bear killed in Outlook.....Bear hunting is legal in Washington State. This bear was taken by Bryan Porter, a man with his bear tag who was legally taking game.
Mr. Meersman, do you think it was inhumane because Bryan didn't go up in the hills and trudge around for days and days hunting for bear? Did you think of other possibilities where the bear was concerned? Being in the valley, where there are thousands of people, it's quite possible that bear could have had an unexpected encounter with a human, young or old, that ended in someone getting hurt. It's also possible that bear could have endangered livestock or pets. Or how about it wandering across a busy hiway and getting hit by a car? Mind you, possibly not killed quickly, but to lay there suffering with the driver staying in his vehicle wary of coming eye to eye with an injured wild animal, or just driving off.
Mr. Meersman brought up being the only TV newsman recording the scene of the bear in Central Park in 1992, so I'll throw in my video experience with that one even though it doesn't have anything to do with the bear in Outlook either. I had known Ed Radder for several years before that day, so when he saw me standing outside the police line with my video camera, he invited me into the parameter to video. In fact, when that young bear finally jumped from the tree, he headed right toward me. Not ever having had a bear run at me, I did point my camera down to be able to keep both eyes on him. He passed a few feet by me, so I raised my camera and continued to shoot. When he ran South on 4th street, I got in my vehicle and drove to Lincoln Avenue and parked just east of the railroad tracks. I saw the bear heading south toward Lincoln Avenue. Standing in the west bound lane, I blocked traffic so the bear, and authorities following him, could cross Lincoln without getting run over. I musta looked funny standing in the middle of the street, police scanner in one hand and video camera on my shoulder. But I'm glad the drivers understood that something was going on and patiently waited. When the bear crossed, I let traffic go and quickly went behind Independent Foods where the bear was finally captured. And like Mr. Meersman, KAPP used a little of my video, too.
/s/ Steve Hagensicker, Sunnyside